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Emmy Nominee Randee Heller Talks 'Mad Men,' Her Awards Competition & More

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 23rd 2011 3:00PM
The offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce got a little shake-up last season on 'Mad Men' with the help of a sassy secretary who -- shocker! -- Don and the guys had zero interest in sleeping with.

Ida Blankenship, Bert Cooper's veteran desk jockey who was talked about but never seen, was given the reassignment of a lifetime: front and center working Don Draper's desk. Then (spoiler alert for those who haven't seen Season 4!) her lifetime ended right there in the office.

Not that Blankenship wasn't ever a looker or worthy of an office tryst -- Roger Sterling even referred to her as the Queen of Perversions when reminiscing about his long-past fling with her -- but in her final months on the job, she was much more valued for the comic relief she offered.

That delivery was courtesy of Randee Heller, veteran stage and screen actress who, before Blankenship, was probably best known as Billy Crystal's lesbian roommate on 'Soap' and Danielson's mom in the first two 'Karate Kid' movies.

Now on the heels of her first Emmy nomination, planning for her first ever awards show, Heller looks back on her time as Blankenship fondly ... even if she didn't get to keep any of her wardrobe.

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